The Cadillac CTS is a mid-size produce by General Motors since 2002. So far, it has seen two generations with a third in the works for 2013.
The current model is offered in sedan, coupe, and sport-wagon variants with a choice of three different engines. The first is a 3.0L V6 developing 260hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. The second engine is a 3.6L V6 producing 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the top of the line 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine delivers 556hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
BMW and Audi took a big hit in 2008 when Cadillac brought out their second generation CTS sedan. This model came out guns blaring with a fresh design and a new engine line-up. That, plus the fact that it came with a cheaper price tag, was enough for customers to swing away from the German brands and hitch a ride on the Cadillac train. The 2012 CTS is not slowing down either, as the sedan has received more changes to make its German rivals shake in their skivvies. The list isn’t of options isn’t long, but the more powerful V6 engine is enough of an addition for a hat tip their way.
The new, upgraded V-6 engine will take you for a ride with an extra 14 HP, but will keep your wallet satisfied by maintaining the fuel economy of the previous engine. That’s right, you still get 18 city/27 highway mpg.
Updated 05/22/2012: Cadillac latest commercial for the 2012 sports sedan is pretty impressive. First, they admit that when it comes about sports sedan the Audi A6 is the fastest one. But... not when it comes about speed! See what they are talking about in their new commercial!
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Cadillac is bringing about some nice new changes for their 2012 CTS luxury sports model with a new engine, grille, and a new Touring Package edition. With a look that is sporty and elegant, the CTS receives no major modifications to alter the exterior of the vehicle, but the changes that are being made will transfer along all versions of the CTS: Sedan, Wagon, and Coupe. Expect the 2012 CTS to arrive in late Summer 2011.
The new grille for the CTS will receive a revised version of its mesh and frame. Cadillac compares it to altering a photo to a higher resolution so that the details stand out that much more. The grille will also receive higher gloss finishes to further extend the look of the front of the car and the Wreath & Crest logo will get sharper colors and raised ridges between the colors for that 3D effect.
The most exciting news is the new V6 engine Cadillac is adding to its lineup. This V6 will provide 318 HP, up from the 304 HP for the current 3.6L V-6, but will maintain the same fuel economy of 18 city/27 highway. This was accomplished through a lighter, more efficient design of the engine.
The 2012 CTS will also get a new Touring Package edition. This edition will be available in both the 3.0L V6 and 3.6L V6 engines and will receive a dark finish, metal pedals, dark Sapele wood interior trim and sueded seat inserts, steering wheel, and shift knob. The Sedan and Wagon’s Touring Package will be a little different as it adds chrome door handles. The 3.6L version will have 19-inch polished wheels and Recaro 14-way adjustable performance seats. The 3.0L version will have 18-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish.
After a short hiatus, Cadillac will be hitting the track once again to compete in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge in 2011. Using their CTS-V Coupe, Cadillac will develop a new race car in cooperation with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports. Cadillac last saw the SCCA track in 2007 and will be returning next year with a two-car team.
The CTS-V Coupe will have to undergo plenty of modifications to meet up to the SCCA standards, but Cadillac has yet to announce what the changes for the future race car will include. Of course, the fact that the standard coupe gets a 556 HP V8 engine is reason enough for some teams to be shaking in their performance tires.
The first race at the SCCA World Challenge for the two CTS-V coupes will take place on March 25th-27th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Behind the wheel of the Cadillacs will be three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, Johnny O’Connell and 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class champion, Andy Pilgrim.
"The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge," said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance."
UPDATE 03/23/2011: Cadillac has marked the return of latest CTS-V Coupe race car to the racing track with a couple of new videos : one is a trailer of the car and the other one explains its origins. Enjoy!
UPDATE 05/04/2012: Cadillac has unveiled a new promo video for the CTS-V Racer featuring Team Cadillac drivers Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell as they prepare to take on the Utah Grand Prix in Round 4 of the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
Press release after the jump. Full story
After the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition revealed just yesterday, Cadillac brought their own "Black" edition based on the CTS-V models, sedan, coupe and station wagon models. The new Black Diamond Edition adds an extra a $4,850 over a standard CTS-V model, but it offers much better personalization list.
"The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is like a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo," said Michelle Killen, Cadillac exterior paint designer. "The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart."
"Auto makers and consumers are looking to differentiate the color black, an ubiquitous color in automotive,” said John Book, Custom Color Solutions product manager at JDSU. “Black Diamond offers the discerning Cadillac customer a special option color that stands out and remains true to their sense of luxury and style."
"We’ve already established V-Series as a serious sub-brand for Cadillac," said Rich Pinto, Cadillac creative designer. "Black Diamond further establishes V-Series in the market as a performance-minded line of vehicles with a luxury twist."
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In any body variation - sedan, coupe or sport wagon, the Cadillac CTS-V models are powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 556 HP and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. Impressive numbers for a Cadillac, no? But Lingenfelter already used us with providing impressive updates for models in GM’s line-up, and the same happened for the CTS-V. Their latest work can increase the V8 engine’s output to more than 700 HP.
In order to obtain this impressive update, Lingenfelter added GT9 ZR1 supercharger camshaft and Lingenfelter CNC ported LSA cylinder heads, Competition Cams valve springs, titanium retainers, 10 degree locks, Lingenfelter LS9 solid supercharger isolator coupling, port and polish supercharger snout, Lingenfelter air intake duct, K & N Air Filter, 63 lbs/hour fuel injectors, GM Head gaskets & head bolts, 2.55 inch diameter steel supercharger drive pulley, powder coated black and 8 rib serpentine belt.
For any package the tuner will also provide you chassis dyno testing before and after installation.
This year the war in the coupe segment was fought between the Mustang and the Camaro, at least in terms of news segments. The muscle car wars took held the strings that controlled the news puppet, but was that enough to name one of them Coupe of the Year?
We’re not telling as of yet, but we can say that we had many things to consider when narrowing down our list for the best coupe of 2010. Audi, for instance, brought the R8 GT and the RS5, while Cadillac unveiled the CTS-V Coupe. All of these choices made our top five, so the war ensues between German and American coupe models. We made our decision based on design, performance, price and on how the new model was received. It was a hard decision, but we think we made the right one.
Hit the jump to see who won the title of the Best Coupe of 2010. Full story
German auto tuner and car wrap specialists, Cam Shaft, have taken a decidedly foreign approach on their next project. Instead of using one of the many local vehicles coming from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Porsche, Cam Shaft went for a car that calls the land on the other side of the pond its home: the high-powered, svelte-looking Cadillac CTS-V.
In getting the American sports sedan, Cam Shaft decided that upgrades were in order, especially to the CTS-V’s powertrain and exterior. So they went out and re-tooled as much as they could on the car, giving more power to a car that already has 564 ponies worth under its hood. In addition to the upgraded powerplant, Cam Shaft also set out to make the car stand out from other sports sedans, by wrapping the CTS-V’s exterior body in a matte white foil.
The result is a car that’s as stunning as it is powerful: a noteworthy combination of style and substance all rolled into one awesome package.
Details after the jump. Full story
As one of the most esteemed auto magazines in the world, Car and Driver’s annual “Top 10 Cars” is always a good barometer for automakers to see if one – or maybe two – of their vehicles made it to the list. With a readership that spans the entire world, Car and Driver’s Top 10 list is read by millions of people so it’s kind of a big deal for these companies. From the usual suspects to a number of new surprises, the “Top 10 Cars” will reveal what cars the magazine is highly recommending for the next calendar year.
In determining which cars make it to the list, editor-in-chief, Eddie Alterman explains: “In our testing, we are looking for those automobiles that deliver spectacular value, real driver engagement, and the highest fulfillment of their intended mission.”
He continues: “Our testing takes place over a week on real roads in the real world, marshaling more than 60 new test cars and our entire editorial staff. It’s a real workout, and the best cars on the market emerge victorious."
For 2011, the list has a number of old guards that have made multiple appearances while there are others that are making their inaugural face-time. Just to give you an idea on what to expect, three American, German, and Japanese models made it to the list with the other spot going to a model from South Korea. There are also three cars – the Audi S4, the Mazda3, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid – that dropped out of the list, which means that you’re going to be seeing a number of new entries making it to the Top 10.
So without further ado, Car and Driver’s “Top 10 Cars for 2011” after the jump. Full story
Cadillac firstly introduced the CTS-V name in 2008 with the official unveiled of the sports sedan. And since then we had the chance to test it a few times. Yuppy! But in three years the CTS-V sports sedan received a few updates, so it will enter the 2011 model year with new front fender vent design with black inner fin detail, a new set of wheels and a few interior updates. New reasons for its German competitions, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to fear.
The Cadillac CTS-V is already known as one of the first production four-door on street tires to break the legendary eight-minute barrier at Germany’s famed Nürburgring race track. That if Germans needed more reasons to fear! Add to this performances a pretty aggressive exterior and an interior that is both luxury and sporty, and you will understand why we are so proud about this American beauty!
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The Monticello Motor Club was quite the scene recently when a plethora of supercars converged for the first annual Drift with the Supercars event. Yes, people, drifting supercars with a chalk full of donuts to boot. Burning rubber never smelled so good.
One of the cars that showed up for the event was the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and while it didn’t have the cache that of all the Ferraris, Porsches, and Mercedes’ in attendance, the CTS-V Coupe made certain that it would leave more than just its tread marks on the competition, winning the title of Best Drift in New Car. Who said that a two-door luxury coupe couldn’t hang with the exotics?
Fortunately for us, a video of the CTS-V Coupe’s drift run was shared by the gracious organizers, giving us a complete look at the Caddy in all its tire-screeching, rubber-burning, title-winning run.
That’s how the Caddy rolls, baby!